2004-10-08 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

Some of our neighbors are enjoying their favorite time of year—cooler temperatures, nice breezes and cloudless sunny skies. Add a light jacket or sweatshirt to your outfit and an umbrella on some occasions and you’re all set for early autumn!

It’s that time of year again—time for pancakes, omelettes, French toast—and no cooking! The American Legion Auxiliary will have a Brunch on Sunday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the American Legion Hall.

The two–session Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by the St. Virgilius P.A. allows those completing it to take 10% off their auto insurance for each of three years or to remove up to 4 points from the driver’s license. It will be held on Tuesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 14 in the St. Virgilius School lunchroom from 7 to 10 p.m. both nights. Refreshments will be served, but seating is limited. The cost for the course is $55. Call Helen at 718-945-4648 or Cindy at 718-634-5449 to register.

The Historical Society of the Broad Channel Civic Association will sponsor its 10th Annual Historical Day on Sunday, October 17, at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel from noon until 5 p.m. The impressive collection tells the town’s history in pictures, newspaper articles, documents, letters, written reminiscences and video interviews with long time residents. Much new material has been gathered in the last year.

The 2005 Historical Calendar, which gives times of high tide (very important if you live in Broad Channel), will be on sale. The cover depicts a celebration at O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy when the Brooklyn Dodgers won the 1941 pennant.

Residents are encouraged to bring new material for the collection. Original pictures and documents will be copied and returned to donors. Residents will also be able to record their memories of Broad Channel.

Local artists will exhibit works depicting Broad Channel. Paintings and photographs will be available for sale. The work of the Historical Committee was started by resident Dan Mundy. For further information, contact Barbara at (718) 318-9344 or after 5 p.m. at 718 474-1127.

The first Books ‘n Bagels book discussion with our new Librarian, Carol, will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be a novel by Steve Martin called “Shopgirl.” This will be a first for Carol, who hasn’t had a book discussion yet. Hopefully, a lot of group members will show up to make the discussion a memorable one!

For “dedication and service to the community,” resident Barbara Toborg will be honored by the 100 Precinct Community Council, which will fete her at the 13 Annual Oktoberfest Breakfast on Sunday, October 17 from 10 a.m. till noon. Barbara has always been very involved in the Channel, contributing a great deal to community life—from the civic association newsletter to the Historical Committee to the American Littoral Society—Barbara has left an indelible stamp on all of them—and more! For tickets to the breakfast—which cost $20 each for adults and children 12 and older, $10 for children ages 4 to 11 and free for the under-4’s—call Joe at 718-634-4970.

The American Legion Post #1404 will host the 20th Anniversary Senior Citizen “Get Together” on Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The afternoon includes dinner, entertainment with DJ Walter, music and dancing. Those planning to attend are asked to call John at 718 474-4343.

A nice note from Reverend Andrea Zarou arrived in my mailbox. It said: “A very big Thank You to all who attended our Annual Flea Market at Christ Presbyterian Church. Hope to see you at the Craft Fair in November.” (The Craft Fair features hand made items, which are perfect for Christmas gifts!)

Some of our neighbors enjoyed the opening reception of the Frame and ArtSplash exhibits last Sunday. The RAA scheduled entertainment including dance troupes, spoken word recitations (poetry readings), the a cappella singing of Velvet Rose (a female trio) and RAA house band T7. Exhibits will run through Sunday, November 7. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Both of our schools are involved in the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website: www.boxtopsforeducation.com. Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school which gets it! There is a box in the main lobby of P.S. 47 to collect them. At St. Virgilius School they can be left at the school office or deposited in the designated receptacle in the rear of the church.

Products on which you can find these special box tops number in the hundreds and include: the many General Mills cereals and snack-type products’ Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd’s bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tube refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few! Each school can earn as much as $20,000 from each of three program components.

Schools can use the money for anything they need or want. Some of the stores to spend the money earned are: Dell, Target and Lands End.

Of course, there are many more. Computers, books, playground equipment and even classroom parties are just some of the ways schools have chosen to use the funds raised through Box Tops for Education.

This seems to be a very good program to help our schools.

Additionally, St. Virgilius School uses Campbell labels.

Campbell makes many varieties of canned soup as well as beans.

Fresh mushrooms also carry a Campbell label.

I will get a more complete list of products and print it.

What will your organization be involved in this fall?

(Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you need it in that Friday’s column.)

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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